The Daily Mema: October 26

The NBA season is upon us, which means it’s time for political analysts to put on their jerseys and become basketball analysts for at least eight months. Because we all have something witty/deep/funny/rude to say about the best sport in the world, here are today’s hot takes in true memasabi lang fashion. The BuhayBasket staff present: The Daily Mema.

NBA opening day was awesome, per usual. Everything went smoothly for LeBron, Dame, Kyrie, Rodney Hood’s fantasy team owners, Kawhi, Lamarcus, Jonathon Simmons–basically everyone. Except the Golden State Warriors. Particularly Javale McGee. Read More

Sixth (Wo)Man: The Barangay Ginebra Fan

Spectators at the imaginary Bora Cup won’t get to taste gin this year after Barangay Ginebra, the 8-time favorites at the fictitious event, withdrew sponsorship.

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Ginebra’s Never-Say-Die moments

Eight years in the making, punctuated by an in-your-face buzzer-beating 3 in true Barangay Ginebra fashion. Let’s look back at the team’s most memorable “never say die” moments.

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Starting 5ive: 2002 UE Red Warriors

On paper, the 2002 UE Red Warriors were good enough to beat Blackwater. But Gec Chia happened.

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Starting 5ive: 2008 Barangay Ginebra Kings

Paul Artadi and Chris Pacana share a tight hug at center court. Jong Uichico is drenched in orange Gatorade. Ronald Tubid is in tears.

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Starting 5ive: 2010 Meralco Bolts

The Meralco Bolts were outcasts when the franchise re-entered the PBA in 2010. Six years later, they’ve proven that they can hang out with the cool kids.

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Sixth Man: The Meralco Bolts Fan

Sixth Man is the unsung hero, the one cheering from the bench and delivering quality minutes when needed. In this weekly series, BuhayBasket puts the spotlight on the men and women who contribute to the game in their own way, away from the limelight.

Meralco’s long journey to the PBA Finals took six years to complete. One of the team’s biggest fans, Gene Andrew Tacan, has been on that same journey for much, much longer.

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Jimmy Alapag: Back in the PBA Finals

Traffic on EDSA.  Jose Mari Chan during Christmas. Jimmy Alapag in a TNT jersey. There are certain things that just fit. That’s why it’s so jarring seeing Alapag in a Meralco Bolts jersey, even for him.

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Starting 5ive: 2005 FEU Tamaraws

FEU was the best college basketball team in the mid-2000s, completing a rare three-peat* in 2005.

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Mbala: Can’t wait for La Salle-Ateneo

Cameroonian phenom Ben Mbala has kept DLSU undefeated so far this season. The 6’7, 230-pound center has athleticism for days and has lived up to the major hype surrounding him.

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